Men with very flexible backs
Posted 09 March 2009 - 12:11 PM
Posted 09 March 2009 - 01:03 PM
"Requires"? I don't know. I've seen the backbend executed more with the thighs the back. Baryshnikov, e.g.
The role of the poet in La Sonambula requires a flexible back for the movement where he tries and fails to capture the Sleepwalker as she passes over his stretched, arched backbend.
Posted 09 March 2009 - 05:41 PM
Posted 10 March 2009 - 04:43 AM
Does anyone know whether the flexed back was characteristic of William Dollar, the original Melancholic? If not, was the original version different, and the newer version required it? Or was it the characteristic of a particular dancer that made it a plus or pre-requisite?
Interesting question, Helene. When I saw Dollar in the role he was approaching the age of 40 and he was not known for his pristine technique. I must say that seeing this "Petrouchka-like" performance was a bit of a shock and at the time we attributed it to his technique! (or lack, thereof) It was Bart Cook who became the defining Melancholic.
Posted 12 March 2009 - 05:49 AM
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